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Enjoy special access to performances, master classes, discussions, and more from the 2021–22 season.

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See The Music, Hear The Dance

Leading guest dance artists collaborate with Conservatory musicians in an evening that illuminates the creative process.

Next Up: Chromatophores

The chromatophore is the specialized cell that allows a chameleon to change its color, and Ryan Davis’ program seeks to explore that malleability as a composer and violist.

Colburn Chamber Music Society: Demarre McGill, Flute

A celebrated soloist, recitalist, chamber, and orchestra musician, Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, has been praised for his “mellifluous, rounded, and beautiful” sound. He presents a dynamic program of vibrant contemporary works.

Colburn Orchestra: Yehuda Gilad, Conductor

This intimate program includes something for all musical tastes: Argentinian theme and variations, a masterful concerto for flute, and Mendelssohn’s charming “Italian” Symphony.

Colburn Chamber Music Society: Geraldine Walther, Viola

Geraldine Walther has had an illustrious career as a member of the Takács String Quartet and principal violist for the San Francisco Symphony. Now serving as Colburn’s Interim Director of Chamber Music, she performs works by Debussy, Mozart, and Beach.

Colburn Chamber Music Society: Clive Greensmith, Cello, with Fabio Bidini, Piano

Former Tokyo String Quartet cellist and current Colburn faculty member Clive Greensmith is a celebrated soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He takes the stage with Fabio Bidini, Carol Colburn Grigor Piano Chair, for a performance of Brahms, Schoenberg, Monteverdi, and more.

Colburn Orchestra: Concerto Forum

Under the baton of Salonen Fellow Ross Jamie Collins, soloists from the Conservatory perform concerto movements with the Colburn Orchestra.


Next Up: To Be Bach or Not to Be Bach

“To Be Bach or Not to Be Bach” is a program of three works for violin and harpsichord that have been attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Their BWV catalog numbers suggest that they are original compositions by the famed composer —but are they? Performed on period instruments, this program paints a picture of the musical world in which Bach lived.

Colburn Chamber Music Society: Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Viola

Lauded for “providing solidly shaped music of bold mesmerizing character,” Amplify artist Nokuthula Ngwenyama is both a dynamic performer and innovative composer. She takes the Colburn stage for a concert that includes selections of her own work.

Tap Fest 2022

Enjoy an evening of selections from the jazz songbook, played by The Jerry Kalaf Trio and brought to life by the dynamic dancing of Joseph and Josette Wiggan, students from Colburn’s Tap Ensemble II, and tap icon Sam Weber.

Next Up: Solo

When the pandemic hit, musicians all around the world were challenged to explore and create in new ways, and many turned back to neglected solo repertoire. Evin Blomberg, a violinist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presents the culmination of her artistic journey in a virtual program for solo violin. Pre-talk with alumna Natalie Helm.